19-011 Bennington Lake road access temporarily closed for safety

Published Feb. 21, 2019

WALLA WALLA, Wash. – Icy conditions on Reservoir Road leading to Bennington Lake have prompted U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers to temporarily close access to the lake parking area, according to operations officials at Mill Creek Dam and Bennington Lake, located on the east side of Walla Walla, Washington.

The road will remain closed through the weekend, and possibly longer, depending upon weather and road conditions. For now, the route is unsafe for most vehicles, said Jeremy Nguyen, a USACE natural resource specialist at Mill Creek.

“The road has an extremely steep slope leading down the hill to the lake. With all of this snow and ice, it has become awfully slippery,” said Nguyen. “Some visitors would likely get stuck down there, or possibly get into an accident while trying to access or leave the lake parking area.”

Visitors are encouraged to use the Mill Creek Office parking lot, located on the north side of Reservoir Road just before the road curves right and begins to slope uphill.

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Release no. 19-011